We are admittedly biased; we think that Southern-style food is some of the best stuff you can eat. Aptly known as comfort food, there is no denying that the belly-stuffing recipes that come out of a Southern kitchen start with ingredients not found in any ol’ pantry. Below are some staples for a soul warming food pantry.

Duke’s Mayonnaise. An obvious choice we know. What was started as a delectable spread used on sandwiches to feed soldiers during WWI has turned into a Southern tradition. The family recipe has been continued for the past 100 years and just tastes more homemade. Visit the Duke’s blog for recipes, we recommend trying the Ham and Swiss Sliders or the Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn), and of course you can never go wrong with Duke’s on a tomato sandwich!

Texas Pete Hot Sauce. This hot sauce is a must for fried chicken or fried eggs and is another product born in North Carolina. These Glazed Pork Chops are sure to be a family favorite.

Saltines. For an added salty crunch use saltines instead of breadcrumbs – they are great for fried foods, casserole toppings, meatball fillings and even sweet treats. Try this Cheesy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, or for those feeling more adventurous – this Spiced Dark Chocolate Cherry Saltine Toffee.

Mt. Olive Pickles. Whether it’s added to salads of all sorts: chicken, potato or seafood, placed on a burger or used as a brine, these pickles out of North Carolina have been wowing tastebuds for over 90 years. Try this Pickle Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Cheerwine. Born in the Carolinas, Cheerwine’s sharp cherry (amongst other flavors) give the soda its distinct taste and does wonders for all types of foods, from adding great cherry flavor to brownies or an intriguing twist on barbecued chicken.

The importance of a well-stocked pantry cannot be overstated and although it is far from comprehensive, we hope the above list helps get your home ready for some Southern cooking. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in The Bluffs by tuning into our Facebook page! We look forward to your visit to our stunning riverside community where you can purchase your dream home and start cooking some Southern inspired meals.